Congressional Candidate and conservative stalwart Donn Janes has been in a tug –of-war with Memphis based WREG-TV Channel 3’s political director, Bob Noonan. Mr. Noonan tried to organize a debate between the liberal Democrat nominee, Roy Herron, and the Liberal party switching Republican nominee, Stephen Fincher. Both Herron and Fincher have been tied to supporting theDemocratic Party agenda during Al Gore’s 2000 Presidential run. Noonan deliberately excluded Janes from the debate in an effort to give cover to RINO Fincher’s liberal stances on Social Security reform, tax and entitlement reforms, and wealth redistribution.
Local TEA Party activists have been calling Bob Noonan’s direct phone line asking that Donn Janes be included in this debate. Fincher has since cowered over the prospects of debating a tested conservative and now refuses to debate anyone. Herron has agreed to spar with Janes in a media covered debate but Noonan still refuses. Is it the place of the media to decide who should represent the voice of TEA Party activist in this area?
Janes posted a note on FaceBook on Thursday that set off a small firestorm of calls to Noonan. This was followed by a press release by Mid South TEA Party:
“…Mid South TEA Party respectfully requests WREG-TV, Memphis, Tennessee, to include Mr. Janes and proceed with the debate in Dyersburg as planned. This debate should take place regardless of whether Stephen Fincher participates or not. His being there is not inevitably necessary for a good debate between the candidates.”
Another local and very liberal political news outlet known as the Memphis Flyer sensed blood in the water and picked up on the story. While noting Herron’s attacks on Fincher’s accountability, The Flyer addresses Republican activists, who were not happy with Fincher being the standard bearer, seem to be breaking ranks.
“During the Republican primary, when 8th District GOP rivals Ron Kirkland and George Flinn took part in a debate organized by the Bartlett Civic Organization, but Fincher did not, a fact which angered Mid-South Tea Party members. The group subsequently picketed Fincher at one of his own campaign appearances.
Adding his own criticism of Fincher this week was Jeff Ward of Tipton County, former head of the influential TeamGOP organization, a grass-roots Republican group, and currently organizing a successor organization, Planet GOP.
“We’ve never before been cowards”
Ward, at the moment an active supporter of legislative candidate Jim Harden, a Republican running against Democrat Jimmy Naifeh, the former state House Speaker, said, “We Tennessee Republicans have made mistakes in the past, and we haven’t always been brilliant, but we’ve never before been cowards. Fincher needs to debate. The people will demand it. Hiding ain’t the way we do business in Tennessee.”
Mr. Ward is not the first hardcore Republican to sound the alarm over Fincher entering the Republican Primary. Chief contributing editor to this site BlueCollarRepublican, political blogger John Farmer won the Republican nomination for the same district in 2006 running against the candidate Mr. Ward was supporting. These two men do not agree on much except that Stephen Fincher does not measure up.
Farmer said, “There’s a snake in the grass. We have two democrats running in this general election. Neither has the guts to talk about it but at least Roy Herron will have “D” beside his name on the ballot. Stephen Fincher may be on the ballot with an “R” by his name but true conservatives know he is really an AL Gore supporting democrat in sheep’s clothing.
The fact is that a few good ole boys found a know nothing puppet candidate in Fincher that would allow them to expand their influence to DC. The true conservative with principles, Donn Janes, was in this race as a republican from early on. Fincher has outright lied saying he was the first one to stand up to Tanner. Janes was out there long before Fincher and Janes was doing things the right way. The good ole boys brushed Janes aside to promote Fincher. They called Janes and asked him to drop out of the primary. So he did. They did not expect him to run as an independent though! He was playing by the rules and they changed the rules on him. At first, I was really mad at Janes for dropping out of the primary but now I think maybe he did the right thing. Janes is not playing by the good ole boy rules now.”
Under pressure, Friday evening, Noonan called Janes and asked him to “Call off the dogs!” without budging on his position. TEA Party Activist Lynn Moss sees it a different way:
“At this point, it is out of Donn Janes hands and in the hands of TEA Party activists to either stand down at the request of a single liberal journalist or stand up and fight for a conservative voice in West Tennessee. For the MSM, it’s a win either way if Janes is shut out. We intend to raise a little cane here.”
Tea Partiers are encouraged to take action. Please call all these WREG numbers, twitter, and FaceBook WREG-TV insisting that the debate move forward between Janes and Herron.
Main number – (901) 543-2333 ask for General Manager Ron Walter
News tip dial (901) 543-2111
Political Director Bob Noonan (901) 543-2112
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